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Ursa Minor - Rising Tide Brewing Company

Ursa MinorUrsa Minor

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very good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%

Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark as squid ink and moody as the sea, Ursa Minor is our take on a winter wheat beer. Starting with a German wheat-beer yeast and a base of malted wheat, we added a blend of dark crystal and roasted malts to create a wheat stout. Redolent of dark fruit, weizen yeast esters, and roasted barley, Ursa Minor is perfect for an icy winter’s eve.

(Beer added by: dciBA on 12-18-2010)
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Photo of jmdrpi


3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle - lable is stamped 111 BORN110512 . so I guess this is almost a year old bottle.

appears opaque black, with ruby highlights in the corners of the glass. thick tan colored head that leaves great lacing. big roasty and earthy aroma, a little fruitiness too, must be the yeast. taste is a nice balance between acidic roastiness and slightly sweet malt. dry aftertaste. thicker body, but higher carbonation than expected.

overall a nice unique beer. I definitely see the German Wheat Ale influence.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 02:43:17 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of Omnium


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on Nitro at the brewery.

A - Poured a nice black brown 2 fingers of fine dense tan head, thick lacing
S - Rich toasted caramel and chocolate malt, some nice smokiness, then some wheat and a little spice underneath
T - Creamy roasty flavor, good toasted malt some chocolates, some dark wheat, a touch of coffee and smokiness.
M - Creamy texture very smooth
O - More on the chocolate side of things not a whole lot of wheat, but a decent mix of styles.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-18-2013 02:00:26 | More by Omnium
Photo of davey101


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Born 09/24/12. 22 oz bomber into an over sized wine glass. Thanks to BobZ for sending me home with this one!

Pours an inky black body with two fingers worth of the mocha stuff. Really sticks around for a long time with decent lacing and retention. The aroma is less "German Yeast" than I thought it would be. Loads of bakers chocolate and dry cocoa powder. Has a subtle oaty/wheaty maltiness going on. Sweet vanilla and a touch of dark fruits and roast, but for me this is just a chocolate bomb. Taste follows the nose with huge chocolate notes with faded yet pleasant roast and dark fruits. Light coffee, vanilla and anise. I know this is a lower abv stout, but the mouth feel is lacking a bit. Its just a bit too prickly and a bit too thin. Overall this was a really nice stout that could use a bit more body, but otherwise I enjoyed it. It has an especially awesome nose.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 20:10:19 | More by davey101
Photo of MDDMD


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a decent tan head and good lacing

S-coffee, chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, roasted malt

T-chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt, little molasses, slight bitterness to the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-interesting stout, good flavor, would be interesting to try an imperial version of this

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 23:11:36 | More by MDDMD
Photo of pjkelley82

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from the brewery after sampling.

Poured dark with a thin head and nice lacing. Bubbles released a nice aroma of dark fruit, slight sweetness and very very light coffe. Overall smell was clean and smooth which will follow later. Slight lacing if any.

Smell was chocolaty with roast on the forward end of it...

Taste and moutfeel.... OK.... you start to drink it thinking it will be heavy and full feeling.. no... almost too smooth...nice flavor on the front end and little bitterness in the middle but when that baby goes down it's almost like it wasn't there... then you say I want more.... and to me thats what separates the good/bad beers. I like the slight almost unnoticeable wheat feel to it. It's definitely different especially when you look at it and judge it on it's color.. I was pleasantly surprised of how good it was...

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:34:49 | More by pjkelley82
Photo of Florida9


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Black in color. When poured into a tulip, it forms a moderate-sized very dark mocha colored head that fizzes away rather quickly to a bubbly surface coating. Very little lacing.

S: Aroma is full of dark fruits. Black cherry and plum. Some sweeter chocolate, a little coffee and a hint of black pepper.

T: Taste is fairly curious. This stout is on the sweeter side of things. Again there are the dark fruits: prune and cherry. And again there is the semi-sweet chocolate. There is a bit of coffee to a lesser extent and a wheat-like flavor that really just gets overpowered by everything else. Cocoa powder on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of heavy. Lower carbonation levels give this one a smooth feel on the front end, but its fairly chalky on the finish.

O: An interesting take on the style. Not a bad beer by any means. Somewhat lighter than most stouts while offering up a bit more complexity as well makes this one a pretty good drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:48:09 | More by Florida9
Photo of ppoitras


3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark tan head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is down to a skim promptly, with leggy lacing. Aroma is anise and dark malts.

Taste begins with a quick shot of dark sweetness, which quickly gives way to balancing bitterness, and then a touch of alcohol smoothing through the close. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin for the style, but goes down easy, and drinkability is good. Pretty sessionable for a hearty stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 23:12:39 | More by ppoitras
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with a tiny brown head

S: Plenty of roastiness, along with quite a bit of fruitiness from the yeast. Also get a touch of wheat and chocolate

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with roastiness and dark chocolate, followed by dark fruits and wheat. Transitions well, which provides a nice complexity

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A nice, flavorful stout with a subtle wheat kick and dark fruits from the yeast. Definitely different because of this, but that's a good thing. Pick this up if you want something different

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 03:38:34 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle marked 111BORN-NOV12. Sampled on March 18, 2013.

The color of the pour is very dark brown to charcoal black with a small, short-lived beige head.

Coffee and dark malts lead the aromas with a mellower subtle hop note around the edges. Little in the way of wheat.

The body is medium and thinner than I might like in a stout.

While the coffee and dark malts are still noticeable in the taste there is also a slight dark fruit like cranberry or plum playing up a bit. It is not difficult to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 21:35:17 | More by puboflyons
Photo of tigg924


3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: black in color, opaque, 1/4 creamy head, medium-highcarbonation

Smell: cocoa, dark chocolate, and light wheat

Taste: cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and light wheat

Mouthfeel: medium body for the style, medium carbonation, sweet with rich bitterness

Overall:Solid, but not spectacular stout. I was searching for a wheaty taste in this one and found it to be minimal. Not a bad beer, but not one i would rush to get again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 14:54:15 | More by tigg924
Photo of Brad007


3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a thin brown head into my glass. The title is perplexing. What exactly is a weizen stout? Come to think of it, this isn't a stout at all.

Cocoa and sweet, sweet clove greet the nose. It's like a demented milk stout in my opinion. Complex.

Cocoa, roasted coffee, clove and wheat sum up the flavors. Very reminiscent of a brown ale as well but with weizen yeast. It's not viscous like an ordinary stout though.

Lingering cocoa and clove flavors punctuate the mouthfeel. Very mellow. Easy to enjoy.

It's certainly not a kristalweizen or a weizenbock for sure. Similar to the beer I reviewed before this in the way that it's an experimental take on combining two styles.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 05:43:39 | More by Brad007
Photo of oline73


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours black as night with over a finger of foamy tan head. The head sticks around pretty nicely.

Smell: Rather sweet but light. I'm getting some dark fruit and a hint of molasses. There is also a slightly fruity note in the mix.

Taste: Like a sweet stout, but a bit lighter. There is a cocoa like roasty note, but there is a bready sweet malt note that shows up as well. I'm getting a lot of dark fruit and come molasses. The finish is sweet and slightly roasty.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a ton of carbonation. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall: This is a very interesting beer. Reminded me a bit of a roasty oktoberfest. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 03:00:32 | More by oline73
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: jet black colored body that gave a white half finger head that lingers for most of the beer. The body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. Some nice lacing speckled the sides of the pint glass. One more thing to note: I have never seen so much sediment in any other beer until I see it in this beer.

S: wheat up front with the "weizen" yeastiness there as well, interesting for a stout, but different.

T: had those flavorings as well as chocolate and coffee with strong wheat undertones

M: crisp and it felt great on the tongue.

O: oddly enough, though the taste bothered me a bit (which is usually a big thing for me), I still think this beer was on par for the style, just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 15:09:18 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, opaque, brown-to-black coloring with no head whatsoever. Aromas are roasted and coffee bitter, with a subtle fruit sweetness hidden throughout. Flavors are dark and bitter initially, and starts out like a standard stout, but it quickly lightens up, both in flavor and in body. A roasty grain backbone supports some dark fruit sweetness of cherry and grape. Smooth bodied but remaining light, the beer has a roasty, slightly smoked aftertaste leading to a clean, smooth, and slightly bitter finish. Decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 01:08:56 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of BierBliss

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Aroma: wheat aroma

Appearance: pours black, no head, minor lacing that does not stick

Flavor: chocolate, slight coffee, wheat hints

Mouthfeel: crisp, little carbonation

Overall: not a blend I would expect, it got better as it warmed but not too bad overall

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:04:58 | More by BierBliss
Photo of dasenebler


3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, no date to be found.

Pours a moderately thick and inky black. Head is fizzy and short-lived, with only a thin ring retaining.

Nose definitely has some Weissbier ester characteristics, along with dark malts and alcohol.

Flavor is very roasty and malty, firmly putting this beer in the category of Stout. Fruitiness of yeast complements the tangy component of the roast. Very chocolatey as it warms. Well balanced bitterness aids drinkability, though the alcohol is pretty apparent. Given how this poured I thought it would be thicker on the palate, but it's actually medium-bodied. Carbonation is messed-up. Starts out fizzy but dissipates really fast. Rising Tide is SO inconsistent in this department.

Fermenting a wheat stout with a top-fermenting German Weizen yeast is a very interesting, if dangerous, concept for a hybrid beer. But Rising Tide does an admirable job with it. Drinkable, innovative beer here.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 22:56:58 | More by dasenebler
Photo of smakawhat


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter glass. Much thanks to ToasterChef!

Off the pour a cocoa brown head barely forms and disappears leaving a small collar. Body color is dark brown walnut, some red hues, a little see through just a bit.

A very malty but also hoppy nose. Some bitter hop but also some real noticeable licorice senses. Sweet molasses to brown sugar as well, almost syrupy but not too sweet. Very grainy sweet, interesting.

Light bodied almost cocoa cola like palate. Mild cola nut tasting in the mid palate, some mild sweetness. Slightly tingly on the tongue but doesn't distract from the flavors. Some wet viscosity, but also some coating thickness. A sort of malty gaseous aftertaste and feeling. Some mild lingering roast, and feeling of light cigarette tobacco after some sipping.

Overall it's quite a unique stout, fun and enjoyable. It's not exactly drawing me in much though, but no complaints about drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 23:52:04 | More by smakawhat
Photo of billab914


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured black in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a good amount of chocolaty and roasty malt flavors to it. The wheat malts really come out in it as well and give it a bit of a sweeter, bready like presence.

The taste shows more of a chocolaty, cocoa flavor to it up front. Towards the finish more of the wheat malts start to come out and linger into the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a bit of a creamy, silky feel to it. Overall it was a pretty tasty and interesting beer. It had some very nice stout flavors to it and had a bit of a twist to it with the wheat malts. Very enjoyable beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 02:14:57 | More by billab914


4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't done a review in over a year but this beer almost demanded it. It is rare anymore when I am really surprised by a beer but this one is really flying under the radar.

Pours like liquid gold, totally black body and a beautiful two finger thick rich milk chocolate brown head. All the looks of a big bold stout.

Smell is soft and rich, but more like a Scottish ale with the dominant malt tones. Subtle and slightly musky sweet on the nose.

Taste is not what I expected but is truely wonderful. Rich, creamy and overall very mellow for a stout. Malt is well balanced and prickly sweet on the tongue. This almost comes off more like a porter or black ale, but in all the right ways. So smooth and almost sessionable for a 6.7% stout. Mouthfeel is just perfect. I really could drink this brew by the growler full.

I am a hardcore stout fan and don't mind at all that this stout is a bit soft. It is absolutely delicious!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 21:15:03 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of womencantsail


1.83/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for sharing, Dan.

The pour is dark brown, almost black, with a khaki head. The nose on this is just awful. Burnt plastic, chemical solvents, rubber, and maybe even some smoke. Blech. The flavor is no better. Still lots of burnt plastic notes, rubber, acidity, and some roast and smoke. Terrible.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 18:07:54 | More by womencantsail
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Trader Joe's in Portland. Pours a pretty much opaque black body with a thin film of light tan head. Dark chocolate and espresso beans mix with clove, banana, and bubblegum to comprise the aroma. Clove, nut, and dark chocolate hit the palate at first, fading into fresh espresso toward the finish. Surprisingly light-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. I'm wondering if I'm drinking it a little fresh and it hasn't had time to properly carbonate. Otherwise, it's a tasty balanced stout that doesn't taste quite like any other stout I've had. Awesome idea having a stout/hefe mix.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 01:47:14 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy Thanksgiving.

Pours dark brown and sits "like squid ink." Thin mocha colored head. My pour beer is naked and foamless by mid-glass. Wheat should make a for better retention, no?

Aroma is dark German wheat bread, instant coffee mix and dark caramel.

Tastes...odd. Molasses sweet vs. roast malt and bittersweet baker's chocolate but there's an odd tang. I'm guessing that's the wheat.

A successful mash up of styles.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 01:01:37 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark dark brown with fizzy cola like head, gone quickly with little retention. Scent is a blend of dark roasted and charred grain along with tangy wheat, notes of chocolate and coffee with a light metallic twang. Taste follows suit, the tangy wheat and charred grain combine with a thin medium body and present more "meh" than "yay". Only the second wheat based stout i've had (haandbryggeriet dark force being the other), but neither has really stuck out as bringing the best each style can offer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 14:53:05 | More by rfgetz
Photo of rudzud


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Portland, Maine.

A - Poured a deep black hue with a deep, dark mocha one finger head that fades somewhat quickly to leave a tiny mocha halo.

S - Big dark roasted malts, light chocolate and light coffee along with some light dark fruits as well. Some slight alcohol on the nose on the finish.

T - Taste is more of the same. Sweet malts and fruits mixed throughout with good rich roast malts. Very light on the chocolate and coffee. Mostly just nice rich malts.

M - Nice in the mouth. Creamy, lower carbonation. Feels a little on the watery side though.

O - Overall, this isn't a bad american stout. A little too heavy on the dark fruit and too subtle with the chocolate and coffee for my tastes, as well as being a bit too thin. Still, for the price this is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 21:09:53 | More by rudzud
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep dark brown, nearly opague with a nice tight tan head, very quick fade to a nice film with a good bit of lace. Lots of audible carbonation when poured was definatly noticeable.

Very nice robust caramel smell mixed with aromas of coffee and hints of roasted nuts and a touch of chocolate. Overall not bad. First impression was really just the perfect carbonation, great frothy and fluffy mouthfeel and just all around benefit to the palate. Lots of caramel flavors and again a bit of a smoked hint at the back. Small flavors of roasted nuits, chocolate and hints at black coffee. Very nice

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 02:14:55 | More by mikesgroove
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Ursa Minor from Rising Tide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.